REM Sleep

There are a couple
stages of sleep, one of the most important and best known, is REM sleep (No,
not the group, although they rock).
REM stands for Rapid Eye
Movement because our eyes dart around quickly under closed lids, because in REM
sleep we do all our dreaming. (Although, when I do paper work, I dream of being
a weather person in Hawaii…..)
REM sleep in adult
humans typically occupies 20–25% of total sleep, about 90–120 minutes of a
night’s sleep. REM sleep is considered the lightest stage of sleep, and
normally occurs close to morning.
During a normal night of
sleep, humans usually experience about four or five periods of REM sleep; they
are quite short at the beginning of the night and longer toward the end. Many
animals and some people tend to wake, or experience a period of very light
sleep, for a short time immediately after a bout of REM. The relative amount of
REM sleep varies considerably with age. A newborn baby spends more than 80% of
total sleep time in REM. During REM, the activity of the brain’s neurons is
quite similar to that during waking hours; for this reason, the REM-sleep stage
may be called paradoxical sleep.
If rats are deprived of
REM sleep, it has been proven to be fatal, so my guess is that for whatever
reason, it must be important.

Now on to that
paperwo…..ZZZZZZZ (I don’t think lack of paperwork is fatal).


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